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SolidWorks Plastics Training Course

Course Description: The SolidWorks Plastics course teaches you how to use specialized simulation software tools to predict how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process. Predicting how the plastic will flow enables you to predict manufacturing defects such as weld lines, air traps, short shots, and sink marks. By predicting these defects, you can change the part or mold geometry, the processing conditions, or the plastic material itself to eliminate or minimize them, saving energy, material, time, and money. The SolidWorks Plastics course covers all the features and functions of both SolidWorks Plastics Professional (for part designers) and SolidWorks Plastics Premium (for mold designers).



Course Length: 1 1/2 Days

Prerequisites: SolidWorks Essentials and a fundamental knowledge of plastic materials, plastic part design, and/or injection mold design


  Topics
 
   
  Lesson 1: Basic Flow Analysis
 
Basic Flow Analysis
Stages in the Process
Element Types
Meshing
The Plastics Manager Tree
Input Options
Gates
Running a Flow Analysis
Flow Results
   
  Lesson 2: Detecting Air Traps
 
Detecting Air Traps
Stages in the Process
Air Traps
Switching Modes for Design Changes
Design Changes
Parts Created Using Mold Design Tools
   
  Lesson 3: Detecting Short Shots
 
Detecting Short Shots
Stages in the Process
Flow Settings
Flow Front Central Temperature
   
  Lesson 4: The Model Manager
 
The Model Manager
Stages in the Process
Using the Model Manager
Copying Parts and Results
Batch Manager
Summary and Report
   
  Lesson 5: Gate Locations and Sink Marks
 
Gate Locations and Sink Marks
Stages in the Process
Gate Selection Rules
Sink Marks
   
  Lesson 6: Multiple Cavity Molds
 
Multiple Cavity Molds
Stages in the Process
Mirroring Cavities
Sketching Runners
Runner Design
X-Y Plots
   
  Lesson 7: Runner-Balancing
 
Runner-Balancing
Stages in the Process
Local Refinement of Mesh
Using Runner-Balancing
   
  Lesson 8: Gate Freeze
 
Gate Freeze
Stages in the Process
Solid Mesh
Pack Settings
Flow and Pack Analysis
Pack Results
   
  Lesson 9: Optimizing Cooling Time
 
Optimizing Cooling Time
Stages in the Process
Multiple Gates
   
  Lesson 10: Using Inserts
 
Using Inserts
Stages in the Process
Cavities and Inserts
Materials for Inserts
   
  Lesson 11: Mesh Repairs
 
Mesh Repairs
Stages in the Process
Element Issues
Edit Mesh